Snipping like I used scissors
I have a problem this year with an insect or worm that is snipping my flower stems like I cut them with a pair of scissors. Can you tell me what is causing this and can I fix the problem? I am losing my flowers because of this. Thank you
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

If the cuts are at or near the soil, your plants are probably being attacked by cutworms. Sometimes in early spring, rabbits and even birds will snip plants off, but generally rabbits eat everything to the ground and birds tend to carry off the snipped pieces. When the sheared-off plant clippings are left laying there, it's likely cutworm damage. The best and safest treatment for cutworms is Bt, Bacillus thuringiensis. It's a natural bacteria that is toxic to cutworms and all caterpillars. Bt is available at garden centers.

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